Quarto. 114, (ii)pp. First edition, signed by the author on the copyright page. With twelve full-page illustrations, numerous decorated initial capitals and a title-page vignette by Paulo Ferreira. Printed letterpress by the Jornal do Comércio. These thirty-eight stories were written as bedtime stories for Olavo D'Eça Leal's first-born son, Paulo, and were run as a series in a newspaper, in addition to being read by the author during half-hour national radio broadcasts for children. This is actually the second book for children written by Leal: his first, titled Provérbios, appeared in 1928, when the author was just 20. The present work was awarded the Prémio Maria Amália Vaz de Carvalho, Portugal's highest honor for works of children's literature, and was adapted for film in 1987 by Paulo Guilherme. Leal would go on to become a war correspondent in Berlin during the Second World War and was a pioneer in Portuguese radio and television. In addition to being the worst-behaved children, constantly wandering off and being expelled from school, Iratan and his sister Iracêma are also described as being highly imaginative, and these stories eventually follow them to an attic, where they read about their travels to the Isle of Truth in a gigantic book. Bound in printed yapp-edged wrappers, which show wrinkling and several tears along all edges; some spotting to spine. A very good copy of a rare and important Portuguese juvenile. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Historia Extraordinària de Iratan e Iracêma,...
Publisher: Livraria Portugalia
Publication Date: 1939
Illustrator: Ferreira, Paulo
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